Schlaining Castle is one of Austria’s best-preserved medieval castle complexes. The original Gothic structure was expanded over time by additions in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. The castle was first mentioned in 1271. It has been owned by counts of Güssing, Emperor Friedrich III and Batthyány family.

The castle’s inner courtyard contains a mighty keep with walls up to eight metres thick. One part of the castle houses a collection of cast iron and weapons, another has been turned into a modern hotel with conference facilities. Schlaining Castle is also home to the European Peace Museum.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Alexander Borum (2 years ago)
Wonderful setting, notably for high level seminars
Tatiana Anton (2 years ago)
Quite and peaceful. Recommend for those who want to escape from urban noise.
Melinda Várfi (2 years ago)
Energetic place, beautiful forest paths around the castle.
Suvendu Das (2 years ago)
The history of humanity is a constant up and down of wars and peace. The European Museum of Peace wants to introduce you to this history of war and peace, causes and conditions of peace, violence and peace, for which Schlaining Castle and the European Peace University are the ideal setting. Nevertheless, war is not our destiny, humanity is not condemned to eternal war. But peace does not come by itself, as the development of the European Union shows. One hundred years ago, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Alfred Nobel wrote: "If you want peace, you must prepare peace." This is also the guiding principle of the Peace Museum, which aims to make a small contribution to the emergence of the global peace consciousness with its scientific, artistic and pedagogical concept. Another principle of the museum is that peace is more than the absence of violence and war. Because the emergency of life is not the war, but the peace in which we all have to prove ourselves. Positive peace therefore always has something to do with freedom and human rights, with social justice and the preservation of the natural environment. Therefore, the European Museum of Peace assumes a comprehensive understanding of peace, encompassing violence and its prevention, the environment and its preservation, conflicts and their processing, and peace and its development.
Mohammad Kordi (3 years ago)
A beautiful place, in the hart of a charming nature. You can feel peace, quite and the voice of the nature. I really enjoyed my time there, and the museum is beautiful place, it is only need to be developed from the services side like to buy more things as a souvenir. The staff is really nice and kind.
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